Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Hokkaido, Tokyo Or Kyushu Ramen

I know this product has been in the market for a few years but I only saw them at Village Grocer a few weeks back.

For RM12.90 for a pack of 5, not bad lah kot...

Maggi and Mamee Chef also now expensive already and this one is brought from Singapore. That's why the Halal mark is not from JAKIM, OK?

I guess pretty soon it'll get much much more expensive now that RM is sliding down. Waaaaaaaay down.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Six Hours At UTC Pudu Sentral

We needed to renew Son's passport as it's expiring soon and figured we'd head to UTC (Urban Transformation Centre) Pudu Sentral on Sunday, after my 10K run in Larian Sehati Sejiwa.

The initial plan was for me to finish, shower at the shower facilities in Lake Garden and head straight to UTC but the lure of the generous lucky draw offered at Larian Sehati Sejiwa made us stayed back until 11.00am! Nah, wasn't lucky to win anything from the lucky draw.

We arrived UTC Pudu Sentral at noon and was given no. 1356. A few hundred numbers in front of us. To be expected lah, right?

As Son was under 18, we were told that we needed to bring his birth certificate, apart from his IC.

Alamak! We thought his IC would suffice.
The Immigration staff manning the number counter advised us to head to JPN (Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara) and "pull out" his birth cert there as it would be a bigger hassle for us to come another day or to head home just to pick up the birth cert.

It was a better option for us and after all, we were advised that our number would be called around 4.30pm.

Got Son's birth cert after waiting for about an hour. Excellent service at JPN there. Friendly staff and one in particular loves to make jokes.
With about 3-hours to go, I had my lunch at the food court located on Level 4 (the two boys already had their fill at Larian Sehati SEJIWA "buffet") and then we went around exploring the centre.

After checking out the three floors, I really appreciate the convenience of having all the government departments under one roof. Just like how convenient it was for us to head to JPN while waiting for our number to be called at the Immigration office.
It was ages since I last visited this area, of what used to be called Puduraya. Roaming around, I found how different it was here than 25 years ago when I was a student, taking a bus here to get to Melaka.

Finally at around 5.00pm, our number was called and Son got his passport processed.
We figured we had time for dinner while we wait to pick up the passport after making our payment and headed off to Marrybrown.

Forty minutes later, we returned to the Immigration office and realised that our number had been called so Hubby just queued up at counter 11 for the passport pickup.

It took us 6 hours, yes. But that's understandable. There were many others who were applying and renewing their passports that day too. We are taking advantage of the weekend to get it done.

And it was good that we didn't need to queue early in the morning just to get our numbers and hope it doesn't run out.

The government staff we encountered at JPN, Immigration Office and even JPJ were accommodating and friendly. So thumbs up to them.

So now, all three of us have valid passports. So, we can go off for a holiday any time now! Woot! Woot!

Monday, 24 August 2015

Press Release : Taylor’s College’s Jog For Hope 2015 Raises RM 60,000 for Charity

Annual fundraiser by students of Taylor’s College Sri Hartamas benefits senior citizens, orphans and underprivileged children this year
Making a dash for charity – 2000 enthusiastic runners raise funds for the underprivileged
Subang Jaya, 16 August 2015 – It was a Sunday morning filled with enthusiasm and excitement as 2,000 runners from all walks of life gathered and dashed off from the starting line at the annual fundraising Jog For Hope run organised by Taylor’s College Sri Hartamas.

This is the 7th series of the annual ‘jog-for-a-cause’ fundraising event, fully organised by students, and the beneficiaries for this year are Siddharthan Care Centre, a home for underprivileged children and senior citizens, and the Sinthamani Divine Life Ashram orphanage.

Assisted by 120 volunteers, including students and staff from Taylor's College Sri Hartamas and Taylor's College Subang Jaya, Jog For Hope 2015 successfully raised a total of RM60,000 that was presented to the Siddharthan Care Centre and Sinthamani Divine Life Ashram orphanage at the end of the event. Last year RM 57,000 was raised, and the amount has steadily increased since the run first began in 2009. Cumulatively since 2009, Taylor’s College Sri Hartamas Jog For Hope has raised an astounding RM 234,000 in the bid to help the underprivileged.

“On behalf of the organising committee, I thank the participants and supporters of Jog For Hope for their positive feedback and their encouragement for our charitable initiatives. We wouldn’t have been able to raise the funds without their generous contributions and enthusiastic participation and their personal effort to spread the word on this event. I would also like to thank the organising committee and the volunteers for all their hard work, even forgoing their rest and leisure time on a Sunday morning to make sure everything runs smoothly. I am touched by your passion and dedication for helping the less fortunate,” said Sze Kah Seng, Organising Chairman of Jog For Hope 2015.

“I have learnt a lot in my role as Organising Chairman, both in terms of managing and coordinating my team members and making the best of their abilities, and also in managing all the details that go into organising an event of this scale. I am glad that Taylor’s College makes sure that students have the opportunity to become productive members of society by encouraging us to initiate and run activities that benefit the less fortunate. I know this is good for my future – that the college is spurring us to be thoughtful and well-rounded members of society with leadership skills to make a difference. It’s not just about academics for us college students.”

Jog For Hope featured three categories – the 3km Fun Run, 6km Turbo Run and 10km Resilience Run. Participation fees were RM30 for school children, RM40 for tertiary students and RM50 for all other participants, while children below 6 could participate for free. The first 500 registrants were eligible for a RM5 early bird discount in all 3 paid categories. This year, participants were pleasantly surprised as the trademark Jog for Hope cotton T-shirt was able to be upgraded to Dry-Fit material due to the generosity of sponsors.
Yap Kwan Ken fueled by passion to run for charity
Jog For Hope participant, Edmund Tang, who finished the 10km Resilience Run shared: “It is my first time participating in Jog For Hope. I heard about it from my friend and decided to join. It was a good run and I hope I will be able to participate again next year. It would be nice to get a finishing medal as well. Maybe next year!”

Amirah Afiqah, a student at Taylor’s College, was excited to participate in her first ever run. “I just finished my first 3 km! I am excited and energised to be a part of this good cause and I would definitely recommend my friends to join Jog For Hope next year.”
Winners stand together for a cause! (left to right) : Josh Cybulskie, Yamada, Sivan A/L Bailathurevan, Daniel Gooch and Naresh Kumar
For further information, please log on to http://jogforhope.wix.com/home

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Larian Sehati Sejiwa For Merdeka Celebration

So I entered another 10K run this week, after doing a 10K run last week at Jog For Hope organised by Taylor's College Hartamas.

Another 10K despite needing to do a long pace 19K run on both Saturday and Sunday. No biggie, I figured. I just add the extra 9K before the run itself. After all, I wasn't planning to run at race pace.  And I wanted to utilise the hilly 10K route of Larian Sehati Sejiwa into my training run so it's a win-win situation. Hihihi

Larian Sehati Sejiwa is held in conjuction of our Merdeka Day celebration and as a part of KL Lake Garden festival.
A whole lot of activities at the Run and festival site in Padang Merbuk during the weekend.

We walked around the field checking out the stalls that would be open later that morning, met up with friends and I even met my ex-schoolmate!
The starting and finish line of Larian Sehati Sejiwa was at Padang Merbuk and where runners would immediately face an incline as they start their run.

The flag-off was rather quiet (very) and we were let off with just a blast of horn at 7.34am (my watch).

The 5K category was flagged off 30 minutes later at 8.00am and the 3K fun run kids category at 8.30am.

Despite the late start for all the categories, I don't think most runners would complain as the weather was really kind to us on Sunday.

It was still cool when I finished my run!
Much to Hubby's chagrin and despite Son's insistence that I joined the runners and start in front at the starting line; I started way at the back. Waaaaaay at the back.

I din't want to run too fast today and I actually wanted to do a slower pace than my half-marathon runs so I thought I'd be better off starting at the back.

The start was slow as there were so many runners in front of me but although I wanted to start slow, the start was too slow to my liking. Too many slow runners in front of me. Pulak...

I just followed the crowd and picked up pace whenever I could but I didn't really bother weaving through the 10K crowd that was running in front of me.

I was surprised to see a water station soon after, at 1mile mark. Although I didn't really need to drink in that early stage of my run, I decided to stop. Took a sip and thank the volunteers.

Saw a distance marker at KM2 mark which was nice to see.

There were distance markers located at every KM if I'm not mistaken, but I think the KM3 to KM6 markers were located 1KM in deficit. KM3 marker should have read KM2 and so on. But it was corrected when we got to Tugu Negara. 8K done and 2K to go.

I saw another water station at KM2.3 which again surprised me. I have to say, for a 10K run; the organiser was really generous with the water stations. And of course, since I wasn't that much in a hurry to finish, I stopped at every single water station.

Always am compelled to stop and thank volunteers, me. Hahaha

By the time I reached KM6, 10K runners merged with the 5K runners and the road was congested with the runners either running or walking, many were pushing strollers, making it hard to weave through them or even to run. At certain stretches, I just walked until I got a clear path to run.

I wasn't stressed out too much about this. Actually, I have respect to the parents who were out with their kids on Sunday.

There was a lady who not only pushed her daughter seated in a stroller, she was also carrying her baby in a baby carrier! RESPECT!

But I do appreciate the effort of a fellow runner, Irwan who was shouting from behind and asking walkers to keep left and let runners to run on the right side of the road.

When he overtook me and other runners, he became like an ambulance and us, the motorbikes following the clear path the ambulance made on the road. Hahaha

Thanks Irwan!

Saw a few friends doing the 5K run here too and teased them to keep left. Hihihi

We reached KM8 by the time we got to Tugu Negara and it was downhill from there until we reached Padang Merbok again. Said hi to a couple of runners and shot straight ahead.

But instead of turning left for the field like the Multi Purpose Run would, we continued straight towards Bank Negara.

And faced another incline. Damn.
Halfway up the incline, I was walking again as the crowd had pretty much slowed down at this stretch and I figured I do the same too.

Until I heard a loud voice somewhere up the slope telling runners to run and not walk.

It was a familiar voice so I started running just so I can whack the fella! LOL

Thanks Ken for the motivation.
After the incline, it was blissfully a downhill for a few hundred metres as runners approached the finish line. Instead of going full speed ahead, I slowed down to say hi to a friend who was running with not only her kids but also her friends' kids. Respect you, Gai!

Then saw a fellow runner helping to distribute the Jalur Gemilang and I stopped to get one for myself. Yup, that one I was holding in the above photo.

Saw Hubby and Son waiting for me so I waved hi to them before running towards the finish line.
Got to the finish line, excitedly greet friends who were there waiting to support and then made my way to get my water, bananas and medal.
And later, indulge in Nasi Lemak provided by the race organiser. They provided a buffet for everyone! Nasi lemak and teh tarik. Om nom nom...

We were supposed to go to UTC later that morning but we stayed back until 11.00am for the generous lucky draw. Well, didn't win the motorbike or the bicycle or the shoes. Hahaha

And only got to UTC Pudu Sentral at noon after I had my shower at the shower/toilet at Lake Garden.
All in all, it was a good run. A fun run with friends. And seeing that I somehow bettered last week's 10K timing was an icing on the cake.
As Hubby mentioned, I probably could've finished much faster if I started early and not get caught up  in a congestion with the 5K runners later. Or stopping at every single water station. Or slowing down to disturb friends.

But that's my joy running in a race.

But yes, if I indeed need to do a fast pace run, I might need to forgo fun and be more focused in my run.

Still, I was happy with my run on Sunday. ^^

Friday, 21 August 2015

Ready For The Weekend (And Run In Larian Sehati Sejiwa)

My training plan for the upcoming weekends.

Gonna be a bit of challenge to fit in two long runs over the Merdeka weekend as we'll be travelling to Kuantan for my brother's wedding.

I've moved a 24K run on Saturday to Monday instead and hope I can fit the run in.
While I actually need to run 19K this Sunday, I registered myself to a 10K run at Larian Sehati Sejiwa. My second 10K race for 2015.
 
I figured I can either put in a 9K before running in Larian Sehati Sejiwa and then continued running in the race or do the balance 9K after the race. Anyway, I need to run at a hilly route this Sunday so that's why I choose to enter this race. (Cannot find or afford any nearby half-marathon this week also lah...)
 
I'm leaning more towards the before, though. Gonna be hard to be disciplined to run after the race, especially if I meet up with friends there. Hahaha
For those running in Larian Sehati Sejiwa, do take note of the day's program OK?

The start of the run, for all categories is a bit late for my liking but let's make the best of it and enjoy our run. ^^
And hopefully win some awesome lucky draw prizes!
Maybe I should take this yellow shoes for its second race outing this Sunday, eh? ^^


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